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William Cowper

William Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry. Samuel Taylor Coleridge called him "the best modern poet", whilst William Wordsworth particularly admired his poem Yardley-Oak... Read More

Born26 November 1731
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Died25 April 1800 (aged 68)
East Dereham, United Kingdom
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